Long Point State Park is across the lake and it has a
lovely picnic area, swimming area and playground. Follow the
We are approximately 95 miles from Niagara Falls, and it
is a great day trip. You can go on the tours that take you under
or right up close to the falls, or simply take a picnic and hike
around the falls area for a less expensive outing, while still
getting great views of the falls. There are plenty of hiking
trails in the area. Follow the links to Recreation at
Why not rent a Pontoon Boat or a Jet Ski at one of the
many places to rent water crafts on the lake?
http://www.tourchautauqua.com. Follow the link at Boating,
Fishing and The Lake.
Chautauqua Institution is a world revered cultural
community. The official season starts the last week in June and
ends 9 weeks later at the end of August. You can enjoy all
kinds of arts; ballet, symphony, opera, featured performers and
lecturers. The performances slow down off-season but it's still
a great place to view some incredible architecture, take in the
ambience of this lovely community and enjoy the occasional
off-season performance. On Sundays the admission is free, and
they hold an ecumenical church service in the Amphitheater. It
is located just 1.2 miles south of the cottages.
Midway Park is a delightful little amusement park, filled
with the charm of yesteryear. If you have little ones in your
group they will have a ball, and if you frame it as a nostalgic
experience for the older kids they’ll enjoy it too. Don’t miss
the opportunity to step back in time.
Panama Rocks is a treat for the whole family. Bring a
picnic lunch and some chairs to relax in. After your first trip
through the wonderful caverns and caves, you can enjoy the
sunshine while the kids continue to explore the Natural
Dart Airport is a small local airport located just a few
minutes away in Mayville. They offer glider and airplane rides
(very reasonable) and have a small aviation museum.
There is an awesome Flea Market held on Saturdays and
Sundays until early afternoon very near the Dart Airport in
Mayville. Quite a treat!
Lana’s Little House is a storybook English Cottage not
too far away in the town of Forestville that some in your group
might find fascinating. This is a personal favorite of mine!
Go for tea and a tour or plan to attend one of the workshops.
Expect and enjoy the personalized attention you’ll receive from
Nearby Jamestown is the birthplace of Lucille Ball, and home to the Lucy-Desi Museum, a tribute to the First Couple of Comedy, and the Desilu Playhouse, the “I Love Lucy” museum.
How about going Horse Back Riding? Just 20 minutes away
you will find Double D. A. B. Riding stables where they have
miles of scenic trails and many other kinds of farm animals.
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a fascinating nature
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit.
Whether you’re a “birder” or just like being out in nature,
you’re sure to be pleased!
Why not go for a dinner cruise on the lake on the “Summer
Take a steamboat tour of Chautauqua Lake on the historical
How about grabbing a latte, cappuccino or other specialty
coffee drink at Stedman Corners Store where they
roast their own coffee beans. Perhaps you’ll find that perfect
gift while you’re there, or decide to buy some of their
delicious fresh roasted coffee beans.
We’re located in the heart of grape country and there are plenty
of wineries. The wine trail web address is http://www.chautauquawinetrail.org.
“Mayville Events” brings all sorts of events, concerts
and artists to the area. Check their schedule at
Nearby Bemus Point has lots of activities scheduled
throughout the summer. Take the boat to one of the many
restaurants with docks. How about a free movie or concert held
on the Floating Stage just offshore from the Italian Fisherman?
There are many golf courses in the area. Follow the
Just a short stroll or even shorter drive down the road is a
lovely establishment called the Red Brick Farm. They
have an incredible antique and reproduction furniture store, a
fabulous French Restaurant, a gourmet shop, dollhouse shop, gift
shops and a greenhouse, and are adding new shops al the time.
Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through their gardens and
enjoy this splendid addition to the Mayville scene. There are a
variety of events throughout the year hosted at the Red Brick
Farm. Check to see what’s happening during your stay with us.
Fishing Adventures...Perhaps you'd
like to take a chartered fishing expedition on the lake.
www.chautauquaanglingadventures.com would be delighted to
Haff Acres is an even shorter stroll, located just South
of us and across the road. Enjoy their fresh picked fruit and
vegetables or some home baked pies or delicious muffins. If it’s
corn season, don’t miss out on our fabulous Chautauqua County
Crossroads Country Market: Located just a short distance
away in Westfield you will find this country market where you
can watch local artisans at work and purchase their handmade
crafts. Plan on buying some homemade goodies to bring back with
you or have lunch there. Check their schedule, as the market
has limited hours.
Amish Country: We are in the heart of Amish Country.
Just follow some of the hand made signs that direct you to Fresh
Baked Goods, Quilts, and Lumber. You will know you’re on the
right path when you see the blue clothes hanging on the line and
no electricity running to the houses. The Amish are an active
part of our local economy and while their lifestyle is different
than most, we have great working relationships with them and
have formed a mutual respect. As you’re enjoying the campfire
pit, know that the wood provided by Irwin Bay Cottages comes
from a local Amish Sawmill. Cherry Creek is another Amish
community and they are located on the map in your Visitors
Go Antiquing in nearby Westfield. While you’re there, be
sure to ask about the little girl who prompted Abraham Lincoln
to grow a beard. There’s a lovely statue representing that
little girl, Grace Bedell, and Lincoln on the corner of Routes
394 and 20 at the traffic light.
Visit Lake Erie and Barcelona Harbor in nearby Westfield,
where there is a replica of a 16th Century British
three-master, square rigged Sailing Ship.
For racing fans, the Lake Erie Speedway is just a short
drive away near North East, PA. They hold NASCAR sanctioned
races on Friday evenings.
Take the family for a short ride to Jamestown and enjoy a
Drive-In Movie at “Park 60” Drive-In, 1529 Foote Ave Ext.
Jamestown. (716) 484-6060.
If you’re itching to donate some money to the local Indian
Reservation, there are two Casinos within a reasonable drive
time. The Seneca Casino is located at the intersection of
Routes 5 and 20 in Irving, and the Salamanca Casino is located
off the 86 Expressway going east. Don’t forget to fill up the
gas tank while at the reservation.
There are plenty of places to enjoy good food nearby.
Right here in Mayville we have The Watermark, Olives, La Fleur,
Webb’s, Andriaccio’s, Red Line Drive-In; Dick’s Harbor House,
The Lakeview, Bonar’s Restaurant, Sadie J's, The Docks, The
Box Car Barney’s. Drive a few more miles in either direction
and the possibilities are endless.